If you've passed a driver's exam, you should know that it is illegal to pass a school bus when the stop arm is down. That being said, we hear all the time about drivers - who should know better - passing school buses with the arm down.

I shouldn't have to tell you why this is dangerous - and illegal - but just in case, when the bus is stopped with the stop arm extended, it means there are children loading and unloading off of that bus. To make sure those children have the opportunity to get on and off the bus safely, the stop arms extend warning motorists to what's happening and telling them to stop.

Unfortunately, not everyone seems to understand that concept and it's for that reason, that law enforcement across the Hoosier State, including the Evansville Police Department will be participating in the S.A.V.E initiative. S.A.V.E. stands for Stop Arm Violation Enforcement.

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Beginning Monday, April 26, 2021 the initiative, funded by a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, officers will be following school busses to enforce the stop arm law. Those same officers will be enforcing school zone laws as well. The initiative, funded by the grant will continue through Friday, May 14, 2021. The EPD says, "Officers will be assigned to different school bus routes to ensure school bus safety for children while boarding and exiting school busses."

If you find yourself approaching a school bus with the stop arm extended, stop! If you find yourself in a school zone, slow down. The Evansville Police Department will be watching.


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